Despite one or two people saying that the Tom Ince transfer move to Cardiff City has fallen through, that is far from the case. Ince has agreed personal terms of £35,000 per week, and he will undergo a two day medical starting tomorrow, and continuing on Monday. Ince should then be officially announced as a Cardiff player.
Upon joining the club the first impressions of Ince were of a young player with pace and a trick, but often prone to running with his head down, narrowing his field of vision. He takes his place in Blackpool’s 4-3-3 as one of the two wide forwards, normally as an inverted winger on the right. His first touch was initially an issue, but he has clearly worked hard on this and he is only prone to the odd error. His passing lacks a little consistency, both in range and execution however, his game isn’t necessarily based on his passing ability.
He has good acceleration and sustains his pace well to beat men. His tricks can be a little readable and he could do with adding more subtlety and disguise to elevate his one v one play. However, he clearly enjoys to engage his direct opponent in order to beat him. He seeks to drift off the right flank across the edge of the box looking either for short combinations with team mates or to get away early shots, normally curling left to right. On the evidence of his goals he can hit powerful shots as well as placing the ball with control and accuracy. This is allied to reliable delivery from wide free kicks, corners and crossing from open play. He could, however, do with developing more variety to his delivery. Perhaps developing his pace of delivery and craft to move the ball with more bias towards the end of its flight.
It appears that he is mentally strong and doesn’t tend to lose his composure the closer he gets to the opposition goal. Generally speaking he is a team player, willing to track back and support in defence. However, his work back towards his own goal could be sharper and smarter. He could also do with increasing his field of vision to appreciate his options earlier which will also help with his decision-making. In addition to settling in to either wide forward position and has even dropped deeper and centrally at times and realistically he could also be deployed as a very effective attacking left back.
One area of his game that had been detrimental to his development and the flow of the team is the upon receiving the ball. He had a habit of turning back away from goal in order to protect the ball from the opponent. On the face of it this isn’t necessarily a bad move, however, it appeared totally instinctive. What made it worse is that he did it even when not being marked, leading to attacks slowing down and removing his vision from his attacking space. This may well be a consequence of being deployed as an inverted winger and not being comfortable letting the ball run across his body onto his weaker right foot. However, this season he has tended to do this less often and in doing so, he is becoming a little more direct in his attacking play and causing even more stress for the opposition.
He has now represented the England Under 21 squad and he was touted for a move last summer with one club submitting a formal offer for him. However, his father is his mentor and had been working with Ian Holloway to exploit his son’s potential. Now Holloway has moved on, it’s likely that he’ll also leave. Overall, his development is on a rapidly ascending trajectory and arguably he has outgrown this Blackpool side. He needs to be playing in the Premier League to aid his development.
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So far, Cardiff City have only made one signing. That man is 20 year old Denmark international Andreas Cornelius who signed from FC Copenhagen for a club record fee of £7.5m.
Thomas Ince of Blackpool FC is very close to finalising a move to the Welsh Capital after Cardiff City look to have fended off interest from a host of fellow Premier League clubs such as Liverpool, Spurs and Newcastle United. Ince is said to have verbally agreed personal terms of around £35,000 per week, potentially making him Cardiff’s joint highest paid player along with Craig Bellamy. Ince is set to meet with Malky Mackay this weekend to finalise his move to the Welsh capital. The Cardiff manager told TalkSport:
“Thomas has been on holiday… it won’t be long until we get the chance to sit down with him and his family,” Mackay said.
“He’s a very exciting young talent in the game at the moment.”
The Scott has also revealed he is eager to push the move forward.
Another name constantly linked with Cardiff City is Celtic man’s Victor Wanyama. Cardiff City are still in the chase for him, but no progress has been made since we posted this tweet:
Cardiff City are also keen on French left-back Benjamin Mendy and could yet challenge Sunderland for the teenager. Mendy’s club, Le Havre, have accepted an offer from Sunderland, but personal terms have not yet been agreed. Malky Mackay would love to add French youth international Mendy, 18, to his squad for the 2013-14 Barclay’s Premier League season.
Oscar Cardozo will not be moving to Cardiff City.